Mere Historical Society

Following the long covid closure of the Grove Building, I am delighted that the Mere Historical Society programme of talks will be returning. The full programme for Autumn 2021 and Spring 2022 can be viewed in the right sidebar of this page.

The talks will take place in the Grove Building as usual on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm and on Tuesday mornings at 10.30am. Membership costs £10 to include all talks and non-members are welcome to come for a small charge of £3 (cash or cheque only please) paid on the day.

Although many restrictions have now been lifted, we shall continue to exercise a high degree of caution at least until Christmas 2021. We would therefore encourage you to wear your face covering at all times and to use the hand sanitiser upon entering the building. Chairs will be spaced out to allow more social distancing between members of different households and we anticipate a maximum attendance of around 50 to enable this. We shall endeavour to keep windows and doors open as much as possible, subject to the weather. For the time being we shall not be offering our customary tea and coffee at morning talks but hope that this will resume in due course.

I hope that this will give you confidence to come and join us.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Peter Landymore
Chair of Mere Historical Society


Since its founding in 1972, Mere Historical Society has been encouraging the study of history in general and of Mere and district in particular. We do this by running:

  • a programme of morning and evening talks during the autumn and winter months in the Grove Building (below). These talks are sometimes given by members on subjects of particular interest to them
  • visits to places of historic interest during the summer months

Non-members are welcome to attend the talks on payment of £3.

Mere Library Museum line drawing Anderson

Mere Library and Museum (Dr Colin Anderson)

At its first meeting in Mere Library (right) on 20th April 1972, more than 80 people enrolled, paying an annual subscription of 50p. Now more than 40 years on, the Society has a membership in excess of 100. That meeting grew out of the work of an ad-hoc Local History Committee, who had researched, written and published ‘The Story of Mere’ (Blackmore Press, 1958).

The original committee members were: Miss Joyce Rutter, Mrs Norah Rutter, Mr Fenton Rutter, Mrs Christine Wallis, Mrs Ethel M. Morris, Mr Richard Coward and Dr David Longbourne.

To get a flavour of what the Society is doing now, click on ‘What’s On’ above for full programme of events for the current season.

The Grove Building

The Grove Building